2013 promises to be filled with lots of Martial Art movies and i have to say 2012 wasn’t the best year for it. The list that we have here include some great movies and we have high expectations to see some great choreography. There might be more movies which we will add to this list, so if you know of any more, please leave a comment in the box at the bottom of the page.

Tom Yum Goong 2
Cast:Tony Jaa, Jeeja Yanin, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Marrese Crump
Kham is the last of a family line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand’s war elephants. Traditionally, only the most perfect elephants could successfully defend the throne, and very great care was taken in raising them. After his harrowing quest to retrieve the elephants and his calf, Korn, Kham returns to his village to live in peace. But for someone as good in martial arts as him, peace is but a wishful thought.

Release date: May 2013

The Monkey King
Cast:Donnie yen, Chow Yun-fat, Aaron kwok, Louis Fan
The film is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng’en’s classical novel Journey to the West and will tell the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.

Release date:July 4th

The One Detective
Cast:Jet Li, Wu Jing, Collin Chou, Wen Zhang
The movie focuses on a series of murders, two police offers Jet Li and Wen Zhang have to find the killers.

Release Date: February 2013 (Possibly)

Police Story 2013
Cast:Jackie Chan
Chan is to play a mainland policeman rather than the old character who came from Hong Kong.

Release date:TBC

The Grandmasters
Cast:Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Bruce Leung,
The Grandmasters is an upcoming Hong Kong action drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man. The film is directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony Leung as Yip Man.

Release date:January 8th

Iceman Cometh 3D
Cast:Donnie Yen, Daniel Wu, Yuen Biao
Donnie plays the captain of the Imperial Guard during the Ming Dynasty. When he is wrongly accused of murder and colluding with the enemy, his fellow guardsmen go after him, only for their monumental battle to see all three buried under an avalanche for 300 years. Discovered by a wealthy philanthropist, the frozen soldiers are transported back to Hong Kong for study, only to thaw out and escape. Donnie finds shelter with a drunk and emotionally jaded bar promoter on Halloween night, and over time she helps him integrate into 21st Century society. Meanwhile, the other guardsmen have ideas of their own – one is still determined to track down Donnie and bring him to justice, while the other decides to make a name for himself in modern-day Hong Kong.

Release date:TBC

Ip Man – Final Fight
Cast:Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung, Ken Lo
Anthony Wong will play the legendary master in this movie.

Release date:April 2013

Man of Tai Chi
Cast:Keanu Reeves, Tiger Chen, Karen Mok, Iko Uwais
Man of Tai Chi is an upcoming Chinese-American martial arts film directed by Keanu Reeves.

Release date:TBC

Berandal
Cast:Iko Uwais
Berandal is a sequel to the highly successful movie The Raid. This movie will be based in a prison, where Iko as to try and escape the most brutal prison ever. This movie was going to be made before The Raid, but now they have added a few bits here and there and now made it into a sequel, sounds great.
Release date:TBC

Special Identity
Cast:Donnie Yen, Andy On, Collin Chou
No plot given as yet.

Release date:Early 2013

Mortal Kombat 2013
Cast:TBC
This movie is a rebot of the original 90′s Mortal kombat movie. This time i hear there will be even more characters than the original, which is a big bonus. i did enjoy the first movie, didn’t care much for the second.
Release date:TBC

Kung Fu – The movie
Cast:TBC
Actor/director Bill Paxton is making a big screen adaptation of the 1970s TV Show Kung Fu which starred David Carradine as the Kung Fu master.

Release date:2013

Only God Forgives
Cast:Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling
Julian (Ryan Gosling), an Englishman living in Bangkok, is a respected figure in the criminal underworld. He and his brother Billy run a Thai boxing club which is in fact a front for smuggling drugs to London. When Billy is murdered, their mother Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives from London seeking revenge. Jenna is herself the head of a powerful criminal organization and is used to getting exactly what she wants. She sets out to settle the score in this suspenseful crime thriller from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Release date: 23 May 2013

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Cast:Sammo Hung, Philip Ng, Andy On, Kelly Lin Jiang Luxia
A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich and well off. But in the end all he has is his kung fu to survive and defeat the enemies.

Release date:Early 2013

Source:wikipedia, cinema.com,twitch,movie plot

  • http://profiles.google.com/sibtiger33 Brian Stewart

    Looking forward to Iceman Cometh and Special Identity

  • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com/ Xino

    thanks for this post.

    Tom Yum Goong was an alright movie, the story sucked but fighting made up for the movie.
    Pranna is a good director but SUCKS at directing story.
    TMG2 i believe would have a crappy story but amazing fighting.

    Look at The Kick…it was a failure:/

    I’m hoping The Monkey King will be great, I don’t like how he looks but prefer the Jet Li version though looks is not my concern but the action.
    Lately Donnie Yen’s films have been a disappointment to me.

    The One Detective, I thought Jet Li was done with Martial Arts role?
    he loves working with Dafu:P

    After looking at the GrandMasters trailer, it didn’t look mind blowing, it just had too much over used slow motions.

    Iceman Cometh? set in the Ming Dynasty? then I know it sucks for me already. I am not impressed by Donnie’s Ming/Xin/Zang dynasty movies, they suck. I only like The Empress and the Warrior and Hero.

    Anothony Wong playing Ip Man Final Fight? Anthony was good in House of Fury but I don’t see him as a Martial Arts person.
    Ip Man trade mark movie is the chain punching, can Anthony achieve that?
    Ip man: Legend is Born was an amazing movie to my surprise.
    therefore I wouldn’t doubt this movie

    Man of Tai Chi has hope to be great. Keanu doesn’t look like a martial arts guy but the guy knows the stuff very well! I’m looking forward to the camera technology to be used in Man of Tai Chi.

    The Raid was a good movie, nothing too groundbreaking. Let us hope Berandal will showcase different way/style of how Iko uses Silat. Even though Tony Jaa sticks with Muay Thai, at least he uses it in a different and unique way. But I’m looking forward to this movie, Gareth will NOT disappoint me.

    The only reason why I’m looking forward to Special Identity is because it feels like SPL and Flash Point. I hope it doesn’t disappoint, with all the Vincent fiasco thing.

    I haven’t heard of Only God Forgives, the guy looks like Eric from Death Grip.

    Once Upon A Time in Shangai looks promising, it’s directed by Yeun Woo Ping therefore it will not disappoint!

    by the way, is Bangkok Adrenaline out yet? by John Foo?

    • king of kung fu

      Thank you for your thoughts….. appreciate it. Bangkok Adrenaline i think was made in 2009 and i am sure a dvd release as happened, check the likes of amazon ect..

      • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com/ Xino

        no, i’m talking about the one with John Foo

        • EvilDollaR

          It’a already out (Bangkok Revenge), but on illegal resources…

          Only fist little part The Iceman Cometh is set in the Ming Dynasty. Donnie and Wang then unfrozen and will continue their fight in present days. BTW, Wang Baoqiang trained for 6 years in Shaolin Temple.

          Berandal will be released in early 2014 after various fest screenings (info from Todd Brown).

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianne.mcneill.3 Marianne McNeill

    im gonna bombard my local cinema with requests to show these films. Too many there i would kill to watch.

  • Sunil

    I am desperate for their releases. BTW..Jet Li and Jacky Wu also gear up for another awesome martial movie in this year (perhaps 2014). Also, I am so sad Yuen Biao and jackie wu have almost gone out of HK movies. It sucks legendary martial art heroes like jet li, jackie han, wu jing, bioa, donnie, sammo hung are getting old. they were real taste to HK movies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kingofkungfu-Articles-and-reviews-asianmoviepulsecom/245770475468371 kingofkungfu

      I agree it will be a sad day when them guys retire.

    • Brian Stewart

      Wu’s really aged quickly – just saw the fight scene with him and Jet li :-( (poor fight scene by the way)

  • Brian Stewart

    Grandmasters and Ip Man Final Fight lived up to expectations for me ..

  • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com/ Xino

    Grandmasters was what I expected and I enjoyed it.
    Ip Man Final FIght was so boring, i hate that short man!

    Mortal Kombat was a waste of time!

    Special ID was a complete piece of sh*!

    Man of Tai Chi exceeded my expectation O_O